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“I have learned much from my teachers; from my colleagues more than from my teachers; and from my students more than all” (Talmud, Taanit 7b).
Experience truly is the best teacher, and while I have been teaching Jewish students in many settings for 30 years, I continually learn...
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A Reason to Obey
This Shabbat we read the portion of Ki Tavo. In it, Moses tells the Israelites that if they obey all the commandments, they will be blessed with good food, good weather and a good life. But if they disobey the commandments, they will be cursed with misfortune.
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This week's Torah portion begins with, and is named after, the key word chukat. Chukat means "the law of" and specifically refers to the ritual law of the red heifer. What distinguishes a chok from other kinds of laws is its mystery.
Most Torah commandments have a basis in reason...
June 23, 2005 | 8:00 pm
Life is a puzzle, don't you think? It's just not always that easy to put all the pieces together in order to see the big picture. But the more we practice, the better we get at it. So, here are a bunch of fun puzzles to get your juices going!
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Ki Tetze contains more commandments than any other Torah portion. Some commandments studding the text cause us to crinkle our brow. Rather than general ethical maxims, they are ethical baby steps -- commandments that seem to be trying to toddle away from Hammurabi's Code of Laws and...
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In Parshat Yitro, God gives the Israelites the Ten Commandments. Some are commandments of thought: "Do not covet your neighbor's possessions." Some are commandments of speech: "Do not swear with God's name." And some are commandments of action: "Do not steal" and "Keep the Sabbath."
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